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UK’s Inmarsat Launches Connectivity Services In Saudi Arabia Across Land, Sea And Air

Global mobile satellite communications firm Inmarsat announced on 18 February 2020 that it will bring its world-leading maritime, aviation, and enterprise connectivity solutions to customers based in Saudi Arabia through new partner agreements. The company additionally announced that it has secured new spectrum licences to deliver both its narrow-band (L-band) …

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UAE Space Agency And MBRSC Launch Kibo Robot Programming Challenge

The UAE Space Agency, in collaboration with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), has launched the Kibo Robot Programming Challenge (Kibo-RPC), an educational competition about creating a program to operate free-flying robots in the International Space Station (ISS).    Students from all over the UAE are invited to take part …

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TheAngle And ABS Consolidate Their Relationship To Serve Customers In The MENA Region

ABS, a leading satellite operator, and TheAngle, a satellite network services integrator, announced on 10 March 2020 that they have extended their joint activities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, serving customers across the ABS’ footprints at 75 degrees East. The collaboration focusses on providing energy, enterprise …

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Exolaunch To Deliver UAE Space Agency’s Small Satellite Into Orbit On Soyuz-2

Berlin-based Exolaunch, a leading launch services and deployment system provider for small satellites, announced on 17 March 2020 that the launch of a 3U cubesat, MeznSat, for the UAE Space Agency will be performed aboard a Soyuz-2 rocket. The purpose of the satellite is to study and monitor the greenhouse …

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Saudi Space Commission Casts Wide Net For Space Cooperation

The Saudi Space Commission (SSC) is casting a wide net in its aim to create space cooperation arrangements with friendly countries around the world, with agreements or discussions underway with countries such as Greece, Kuwait, Brazil, Australia, and France. On 5 February 2020, the acting CEO of the Saudi Space …

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Bahrain’s NSSA Issues Request For Tender For 3U CubeSat – MoU With Roscosmos Approved

Bahrain’s National Space Science Agency (NSSA) issued a Request for Tenders on 18 February 2020 for a 3U CubeSat, a basic ground station, and the satellite’s launch. The closing date for the submission of tenders is 25 March 2020. The requirement stated in the tender is to “devise comprehensive programs …

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UAE’s MBRSC To Host Fifth Annual Emirates Mars Mission Science Workshop

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) is hosting the fifth edition of the Annual Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) Science Workshop between 15-17 March 2020 across three cities in the UAE. Featuring talks and engaging workshops by scientists and leading experts from the UAE and around the world, the event …

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UAE Space Agency Unites Industry Leaders In GSIA Strategic Workshop

The UAE Space Agency conducted a strategic workshop on the Global Space Industry Accelerator (GSIA) to identify key industry challenges that can be addressed through space, and shed light on the status of intellectual property (IP) in the sector. The workshop brought together leaders from the local entrepreneurship ecosystem, academia, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Deganit Paikowsky On How RPO Instability Could Paradoxically Create Long-Term Stability

One of the more notable space stories of the past few weeks is that of two Russian satellites allegedly ‘stalking’ a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite operated by the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Given heightened geopolitical tensions between great powers and the increasing occurrence of Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) in …

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